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Prandelli: We suffered

Italy coach bemoans poor showing versus Russia

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Cesare Prandelli is concerned by Italy's form© PA Photos

Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli hopes that his side have got all their mistakes out of their system ahead of Euro 2012 following a 3-0 defeat to Russia.

After news of the match-fixing scandal which has embroiled Italy, the nation's misery was compounded after they suffered a heavy loss to Russia in their friendly match on Friday night.

Alexander Kerzhakov opened the scoring on 60 minutes before a brace from Roman Shirokov wrapped up the result, and Prandelli concedes his team were poor at the Letzigrund Stadion.

"We have suffered a lot," Prandelli said. "We have made many mistakes and we hope that we have used them all tonight. Russia were better than us physically, from an intensity and temperament point of view. Perhaps losing in this manner can help us as we return to work in order to improve."

Christian Maggio, who endured a disappointing night, added: "Honestly, it has been a terrible night. I hope it is the last and we can do much better in the next game. A lot of things have not gone the way we wanted and we really wanted to do well before we started the European Championship.

"We still have a few days to improve. Our minds are on the Euros and not on what has happened this week. We have to understand where we went wrong and try not to make the same mistakes. It's clear that we cannot play the way we did tonight against a strong team like Spain is."


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